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Thursday , March 27 , 2014
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Absolute disgrace, says Bindra
- Srinivasan stays silent as Supreme Court clock ticks

Dhaka, March 26: Inderjit Singh Bindra, a former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a one-time principal adviser to the world body, has termed Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s conduct as an “absolute disgrace”.

“Srinivasan has too many skeletons to hide and fears that they’ll tumble out one by one if he’s no longer the BCCI president.

“I assume Srinivasan will plead before the Supreme Court that he be allowed to step aside till a fresh time-bound probe (into the IPL scandals) is done by the BCCI.

“Such a stand would be nauseating. In fact, Srinivasan’s conduct has been an absolute disgrace and it’s shaming the BCCI,” Bindra told The Telegraph from New Delhi.

Srinivasan, who underwent cataract surgery in the morning, appears to have dug his heels in and may not heed the apex court’s advice till Justices Ananga Kumar Patnaik and Ibrahim Kalifulla give an order directing him to resign as the BCCI president.

The hearing resumes tomorrow.

Speaking some 32 hours after the Supreme Court gave a tongue-lashing and asked Srinivasan to step down, Bindra added: “The BCCI should have thrown him out 10 months ago, but that wasn’t done.”

Bindra had himself mounted a strong attack on Srinivasan days after his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested by Mumbai police, but influential members of the BCCI developed cold feet when push came to shove.

Srinivasan survived the emergent working committee meeting on June 2, last year, where the farce of his stepping aside for a limited period was enacted.

As reported in these columns back then, it was an unconstitutional exercise, but when the Arun Jaitleys didn’t call for Srinivasan’s resignation, those with a much smaller profile fell silent.

Such is the BCCI that a vast majority of its members are comfortable being led. They just don’t know how to lead.

Don’t want to either.

The shrewd operator that he is, Srinivasan used the last 10 months to actually consolidate his hold over the BCCI, with nobody coming forward to present himself as the face of the opposition.

Despite the scathing words used by the apex court (“nauseating”, for example), there’s no concerted move in the BCCI to compel Srinivasan to resign before Justices Patnaik and Kalifulla possibly come down even harder.

That Sharad Pawar is busy with the upcoming general election is, in the short run, working to Srinivasan’s advantage.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, like Pawar a former president of the BCCI and the world body, has adopted a wait-and-watch approach.

Many find that disappointing, but Dalmiya could say he’s only being prudent.

One of the talking points has been the BCCI being game for another investigation. That more than suggests the one conducted by retired Justices T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian had been less than proper.

They’d been handpicked by Srinivasan’s men if not by Srinivasan himself.

At the centre of the scandals is the Chennai Super Kings, owned by India Cements, whose face is, well, Srinivasan.

Late in the day, former BCCI president Shashank Manohar called for IPL VII, which is to begin on April 16, to be “suspended” till all the matches of the last edition had been probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

As significant, Manohar has questioned the move to schedule the first 20 matches of IPL VII in the UAE. It’s in violation of a decision taken by the BCCI, after allegations of undesirable activities during the years India played in Sharjah.

Manohar has a reputation for being clean and had gone after Lalit Kumar Modi in 2010.

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